Lilja 4-ever
Lilja 4-ever (2003)

A teenager abandoned by her family slips into a downward spiral of sex and degradation in this frank drama from Sweden. Lilya (Oksana Akinshina) is a 16-year-old girl growing up in poverty in the former Soviet Union. Lilya's mother… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 15, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tragic, hard-hitting story about a teenager trapped in a life of prostitution.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

[Moodysson] dives into the soul of a 16-year-old Estonian girl and tears you apart.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

It tells a heartbreaking story, one of those tales that need to be told and about which only pain can be felt.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Lilya 4-Ever gives us a glorious, heart-wrenching debut performance in the lead, as auspicious as any in the history of cinema."

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Worth every uncomfortable minute.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

It is Akinshina's presence and performance that make the pedestrian story heart-wrenching.

Brian Orndorf

A harsh dramatic brew, Lilya 4-Ever is a monumental, abrasive document of a young life flushed down the drain; it's an exceptional, deafening humanitarian alarm that will continue to overwhelm and outrage for years to come.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A wrenching feel-bad movie graced by a luminous central performance.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... a fantastic movie.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

So seamless and relentlessly powerful that the social-realism of not just this film, but the genre itself, is pushed to its limit. Acting and action that rips so deeply, you'll feel you've got to do more than simply watch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A tragic and devastating film that should make us aware of something horrific that happens to so many teenage girls in Eastern Europe, and if you decide to… More
Drew Smith
Ah, talk about a film that rips out your heart and stomps on it a few hundred times for good measure...
Luke Baldock
Kicking off with some Rammstein, Lilya 4-Ever demands your attention before settling down. It doesn't rain, it pisses it down in Lilya 4-Ever. A dark and… More
Mike S
Good, but unfortunately very depressing.
Jani H
A masterpiece made by a talented swedish director. If this movie doesn't get some emotions from you, you probably have a heart of stone... An amateur cast… More
Gordon Anderson
Devastating but thoroughly gripping